32 YEARS AND COUNTING
We are an award-winning Borneo Specialist in Sabah bringing you memorable holiday experience since 1991. We specialise in wildlife and nature tours featuring exotic cultures, botanical wonders, ideal bird watching destinations, lush jungles, river safaris, and exciting mountain trekking, right here in beautiful Borneo.
From the iconic Orangutan and all eight species of Hornbills to the majestic Pygmy Elephants, Borneo is the best destination for wildlife sighting! Our Top Tours for wildlife include Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Malaysia’s only National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, the luxurious Borneo Rainforest Lodge in misty Danum Valley, Selingan Island, and Tabin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Nature lover? Look no further than a peaceful stay at the beautiful countryside of Kiulu Farmstay, an overnight tour to Mount Kinabalu, or go diving at the world-class Sipadan island! We also feature some of the best tours for Adventure seekers, including Climbing Mt Kinabalu or Trekking at Maliau Basin, Imbak Canyon, Deramakot and Crocker Range. If you’re strapped for time, indulge in our Top-selling Day Tours instead: trips to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kinabalu National Park or Sepilok’s Wildlife Sanctuaries and the storied city of Sandakan are sure to leave you in awe.
Borneo is the world’s third largest island in the world, and is made up of 3 different countries: Malaysia (the states of Sabah and Sarawak), Brunei, and Indonesia. Located smack dab in the middle of the Southeast Asian tropics, this giant, rugged island boasts incredible biodiversity. Its ancient rainforests that have been around for over a 140 million years, home to a myriad of rare and endangered wildlife species including the Bornean Orangutan. Naturally, this also means that the entire island is filled to the brim with incredible destinations – be sure to check out our Top Attractions page for great ideas of where to visit!
For most of our guests, the biggest highlight of their trip to Borneo would be a visit to Sukau Rainforest Lodge, the only National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World in Malaysia as well as a winner of Sabah’s Best Nature Lodge, in addition to numerous other local and international awards. The property sits atop of Belian-wood stilts that emerge from the mighty Kinabatangan River, an important waterway that runs deep through the heart of the Bornean rainforest.
This, coupled with the river’s great width and relatively short surrounding trees providing ample amounts of sunlight and visibility, makes the Kinabatangan River one of the best places for wildlife sighting and photography in the world - it is here that you will get the chance to experience coming face to face with Sabah’s most iconic animals, such as Orang Utans and Proboscis Monkeys, during exciting river safari cruises. And despite being out in the middle of the jungle, the ecolodge does not compromise on comfort and amenities, providing a rare blend of both nature and luxury. It’s the perfect destination for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, and families alike.
Aside from the Kinabatangan River, other locations throughout Borneo will enamour you with their uniqueness. Selingan Island, for example, is a beautiful island where endangered turtles regularly visit to lay their eggs. Among other endangered species are also the orangutan and the Bornean sunbear. They will surely captivate you when you visit them at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sandakan
Danum Valley is one of the last remaining untouched places in the world, with primeval forests and incredible diversity of life, while the Tabin Wildlife Sanctuary is the largest wildlife reserve in all of Malaysia. And if you fancy yourself a rough and tough adventurer type, then consider challenging yourself to climb the Summit of Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Borneo, and savour its breathtakingly gorgeous views. Treks into the ‘Lost World of Sabah’, Maliau Basin, and the spine of Borneo, Crocker Range are no-brainers as well. Adventurous sorts may also find themselves entranced by the world’s largest cave system, right here in Mulu National Park, Sarawak, which is also home to the famous Mulu Pinnacles – unique massive rock formations that jut upwards from the ground.
Devoted birdwatchers will be thrilled by the many endemic species of Bornean birds found in their natural habitats. If you’re passionate about birdwatching, and happen to find yourself in this little corner of Southeast Asia, then look no further than our specialised Birding tours accompanied by our world-class birding guides.
Sabah, Borneo is also a haven for beach-goers and divers. It’s surrounded by numerous beautiful islands, such as the world-renowned Sipadan Island and Langkayan Island, that have been consistently rated as some of the best diving spots in the world. The beaches themselves are to die for, with crystal clear waves hugging along white sandy coasts – and you won’t even need to go that far; Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Marine Park is just a stone’s throw away from the capital, Kota Kinabalu.
Speaking of which - from the moment you begin your adventure in Borneo, landing in either the city of Kota Kinabalu or Kuching, be prepared to fall in love with the locals and their unique way of life. Borneo is home to various indigenous people, many of whom have preserved their traditional values and culture. Experience what it’s like to live amongst some of the oldest tribes in Borneo by visiting their tribal homes, such as the Mari-Mari Cultural Village in Sabah or one of the many Long houses in Sarawak. You can also immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Brunei, as hallmarked by its Royal Palaces, majestic mosques and charming water villages. Rest assured that Borneo, though incredibly diverse with many practices that may seem exotic to the outside world, is a place that is peaceful and harmonious.
Besides these remarkable destinations, there are many other exciting and memorable activities to be found in Borneo. You can brave the rapids and go white-water rafting, ride an antique train that dates back to the British colonial era, cycle along pristine beaches while passing through villages, visit tea plantations and agricultural parks, and sample some of the scrumptious local delicacies and beverages. In short, Borneo has a little something for everyone, and should most definitely be on your bucket list of places to go to at least once in your lifetime. So, if you’ve always wanted to visit Borneo, then set a date, book a ticket, pack up your bags, and let your worries fly away as you unearth the secrets of this tropical paradise.
A trip to Borneo, tropical paradise and Southeast Asia’s best-kept secret, will rarely disappoint – but if you want the absolute best of the best, then look no further than this carefully-curated selection of our most popular packages.
Be sure to check out our FAQ section for great tips and advice when travelling to Borneo, so that you can make the best out of your time here.
Fantastic Borneo experience
We were really happy with all the services provided and arrangements made by Borneo Eco Tours. The email communication pre travel was efficient and very professional. Allyssa offered great assistance in boo... Read More
chriswE4631FL Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei-Muara District - August, 2023
Great family nature experience in Borneo
We are a family of 4 with 2 teenagers. We did a tailormade trip of 11 days, including Gaya island, Selingan (Turtle) island, Sepilok, Sukau rainforest lodge, Tabin wildlife reserve and Kinabalu... Read More
manelgonzalez Barcelona, Catalonia - August, 2023
Boat tours. Amazing wildlife coupled with astonishing vegetation. Great lodging facilities. Best guide ever!... Read More
javieraV1878FC - August, 2023
Perfect organisation wonderful tour
Very nice experience, since the booking (just a few iterations to get a fine proposal) until last second of the tour. Professional approach in every aspect: tour guides are very prepared and availab... Read More
Hig67 Milan, Lombardy - August, 2023
Absolutely in bucket list.
We have chosen the 4D/3N formula. We spent 1 day in Selingan Island and the orher days along the Kinabatangan River. In Selingan Island we joined the sea turtle experience, included the assisted egg released... Read More
stefanoo63 - August, 2023
Wildlife vs existing and growing pollution
Not really sure if the electric engine for the boats do really exist to support the eco tourism appearance, we were told they are forced to use gasoline so long....if this is a ploy to attrac... Read More
Meander46166303142 - August, 2023
Perfect Tour to see amazing animals
Amazing Tour Guides, very friendly staff and our tour was perfect planned. We saw elefants, crocodiles and Orang-Utan. And also a lot of monkeys. I would definitely recommend this tour. The whole l... Read More
kathrinkoller Vienna - July, 2023
A wonderful experience
We did a package to Turtle Islands (Selingan Island) and Sukau Rainforest Lodge. It was a 4 day, 3 night expedition, and it was wonderful. Our guide Mason was delightful - bubbly, informative, and knowledgable... Read More
annsQ4882KQ Malawi - July, 2023
Very responsive and responsible in organizing our trip to Danum Valley. Danum valley is worth the entire trip to Borneo.... Read More
374rainerr - July, 2023
The best holiday ever the wild life is amazing the staff are very friendly and pros and into kids no kids club sorry 10/10 it’s family friendly and you better be willing to open the door at 5 am and also be willing to... Read More
Road46338408325 Kettering, Northamptonshire, England - July, 2023